West Des Moines
Andrew McDowell grew up on a diversified family farm in NW Iowa – the oldest of four children. Andrew’s father farms corn, soybeans, and a small hog herd near Archer, Iowa and his mother teaches sixth grade language arts in the Sheldon Community School district. From an early age he was taught responsibility, hard work, and service from his parents. In his youth, Andrew was active in 4-H, church youth group, baseball, and piano lessons. In High School, Andrew was involved with student government, choir, FFA, and held the distinction of serving as Presidents of the Senior Class, National Honor Society, and Student Council all at the same time and was even voted Homecoming King. Andrew graduated from Sheldon High School in 1994.
Andrew attended the University of Northern Iowa and received an Organizational Communications Studies degree in May of 1998. While at UNI, he was involved with the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and various UNI residence hall organizations — serving as President of his residence hall for a semester where he helped to implement some really great programs and ideas in Noehren Hall.
Currently, Andrew works at Nationwide Agribusiness as a Commercial Lines Underwriter in their farm owners program. He has been with Nationwide over 10 years. Andrew also spent a year as an independent insurance agent at ARI Services, Ltd in Sheldon, Iowa where he sold and serviced personal lines insurance products. Andrew holds CPCU and AFIS insurance designations and was recently accepted to participate in the exclusive 2010 Emerging Leaders Program through Nationwide. Andrew also works part time at Hamilton’s Funeral Homes in Des Moines assisting families and guests with funeral visitations and services.
Andrew keeps busy serving on the board of directors of the 21st Century Forum, and the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance. He has been on the board of Winchester Square Townhome Association serving as President for eighteen months and recently as treasurer. Andrew is also a member of the Iowa Motion Picture Association and the Iowa Corn growers Association and has participated in Junior Achievement and volunteered for Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.
Andrew attends Jordan Creek United Methodist Church in West Des Moines and enjoys travelling, running, movies, writing, connecting with family and friends, and reading in his spare time.